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The Chancel across the churchyard

Converted Chapel | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The church was converted into residential dwellings in 1994 and consists of three houses - the Tower, the Nave and the Chancel. The Chancel still retains the large East window just beyond the alter area, which is now one of the many features adorning this unique house.

Much of the original stained glass has been retained in all the windows, especially the magnificent East window, which overlooks the Purbeck Hills.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Isle of Purbeck 15 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London airports 150 km, Nearest railway: Wareham or Wool 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The Chancel has been furnished and equipped to the very highest standards, with: dishwasher, micro-wave oven as well as conventional oven, washer/dryer, freezer, video and extensive video library and digital TV.

The West Country region

Dorset is known as the British Riviera with its miles of protected beaches it is a favourite for both relaxation and walking.

Its countryside is just as spectacular with its villages bursting with rural charm.

Wareham

The County town of Dorchester is a mere twenty minute drive away, and is worth a visit, especially on Wedneday's which is market day. You may even find you have purchased a cow or sheep from the market - if you're not careful!

The Purbeck region of Dorset. Trips to Corfe Castle, Swanage, the famous Studland beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are all very close by. Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum are even closer.

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28 Oct 2013

5/5

"The perfect place to spend time with friends"

The unique setting of the property, together with the layout and the fact that everything you could ever conceivably need during your stay is provided made this an exceptional place to stay. Despite b… More

23 Oct 2013

4/5

"Beautiful old Church"

The Chancel is very well equipped with everything you need to make your stay good. We ate in every night as it was cold and raining and the kitchen was a pleasure to use. The path to the car park is … More

2 Oct 2013

5/5

"Unique property - 3 bdrm converted chancel in beautiful Dorset countryside"

One of 3 dwellings in a former 1828-built church, The Chancel, set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, was perfect our group of 5 adults, incl. 1 senior with reduced mobility. We absolutely loved ou… More

3 Sep 2013

5/5

"A unique place to stay"

The Chancel in East Stoke is a place we have returned to year after year and we never tire of it. Being a third of a converted church, it still has retained many of the church's original features… More

24 Jul 2013

5/5

"Fantastically well equipped, comfortable, homely property in a peaceful location"

'The Chancel' is a fantastic hideaway property perfect for exploring beautiful Dorset. The house is tucked off the beaten track away from busy town centres and is a perfect place for getting away from it all. There are several towns within short driving distance with supermarkets and pubs and the beach at Lulworth Cove is less than 10 minutes drive away, Corfe Castle is about 15 minutes away and you can be in the large resort town of Weymouth in about half hour.

The Chancel is superbly equipped with all the pots, pans and crockery you would ever need, a dishwasher makes cleaning up a breeze and having young children we found the washing machine invaluable - there was even washing powder in the cupboards!

The comfy sitting room has a pair of uber comfy sofas perfect for lounging on and watching the TV or a DVD ( plenty of films to choose from if you had a rainy day or just wanted a day in ) We found the hi fi system particularly useful as I personally like to have music on pretty much constantly!

The chancel has 2 lovely clean bath rooms and a pair of power showers - we were very thankful of those as it was 34 degrees outside during our stay. In fact the only thing we can think of that we would have benefited from would have been a couple of electric fans.

We will certainly be visiting again next year if not sooner and will be booking The Chancel again for our stay.

We must admit it was a little eery walking through the old church yard to get to the house but we're happy to report no spooky goings on! - just adds to the charm of the place and I'm sure it has a fascinating history. ( the neighbours are dead quiet!! - sorry I couldn't resist! )

8 Jul 2013

5/5

"A dozen trips to England and this was the absolute best!"

Our stay at the Chancel was fabulous! The property is picturesque, comfortable and outfitted like our home - not a rental. The gardens, where we spent many afternoons, are both peaceful and beautiful. The interior tastefully incorporates the stained glass windows, carved stone arches and vaulted ceilings of the original 16th century church (moved to its current location in the 19th century). It's conveniently situated within easy driving distance to many interesting towns (Lyme Regis, Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester, Netherbury, etc.) Don't miss breakfast at the schoolhouse in Moreton, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast, and touring the ghost town of Tyneham. The sunset from Purbeck Hill is fantastic. And, for military fans, the Bovington Tank Museum is a must. (Have a care, as the Army actually trains its tank drivers on nearby public roads.)

We've traveled from the U.S. to visited England and Scotland many times. This was the most charming and relaxing trip yet. We plan to return to savor it again very soon.

30 Jun 2013

5/5

"A charming property in lovely, tranquil grounds. Highly recommended."

This is a unique property situated between Wool and Wareham which my husband and I booked for a short break in late June 2013. It makes up part of an old church so is full of character and beautifull… More

11 May 2013

5/5

"Great place to stay in beautiful Dorset"

THE Chancel has a comfortable and homely feel - this is a contrast to the normal holiday let feeling. The house is well equipped. the location is good for exploring the eastern end of the Jurassic Coa… More

9 Oct 2012

5/5

"A little slice of heaven"

This beautiful house was a real joy to stay in. Peaceful surroundings, comfy fresh beds and totally well equipped. It didn't feel at all like a holiday let as everything was so perfect - will go … More

17 Sep 2012

5/5

"Fantastic cottage - homely, clean and well equipped."

Great holiday let. The property has great character and is very well furnished. It is very clean and extremely well equipped. Wonderful location with Corfe Castle, Swanage, Monkey World, Knoll Beach, etc, all 20 minutes away or less. Highly recommended.

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